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Code Unknown (2000) More at IMDbPro »Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages (original title)

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Code Unknown -- The film features several different storylines, all of which intersect periodically throughout the film. The film's opening scene features a brief encounter with four of the main characters.

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Release Date:
15 November 2000 (France) See more »
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Love has a language all its own
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Jean, a farm lad, wants to escape his silent father; he runs to Paris to his older brother, Georges... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Pure Art-house with No Apology See more (71 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Juliette Binoche ... Anne Laurent

Thierry Neuvic ... Georges
Josef Bierbichler ... The Farmer (as Sepp Bierbichler)
Alexandre Hamidi ... Jean
Maimouna Hélène Diarra ... Aminate (as Helene Diarra)
Ona Lu Yenke ... Amadou
Djibril Kouyaté ... The Father

Luminita Gheorghiu ... Maria
Crenguta Hariton ... Irina (as Crenguta Hariton Stoica)
Bob Nicolescu ... Dragos

Bruno Todeschini ... Pierre
Paulus Manker ... Perrin
Didier Flamand ... The Director
Walid Afkir ... The Young Arab (as Walide Afkir)
Maurice Bénichou ... The Old Arab
Carlo Brandt ... Henri
Philippe Demarle ... Paul
Marc Duret ... The Policeman

Arsinée Khanjian ... Francine
Florence Loiret Caille ... Amadou's Friend (as Florence Loiret)
Nathalie Richard ... Mathilde
Andrée Tainsy ... Mrs. Becker
Elisabeth Marceul ... Child
Melissande Zeddam ... Child
Brandon Croteau ... Child
Sonia Chauvelin ... Child
Baptiste Gintzburger-Batle ... Child
Sarah Agogue Tasse ... Child
Alexandra Croteau ... Child
Jerome Ferreira ... Child
Melanie Lhote ... Child
José Marques ... Child
Guessi Diakite-Goumdo ... Salimata
Jean-Yves Chatelais ... Shop Owner
Laurent Suire ... Policeman

Féodor Atkine ... Man in Taxi (voice)

Malick Bowens ... Witch Doctor
Ioan Marian Boris ... Nicu
Monica Popa ... Nuta
Ada Navrot ... Florica
Giba Gonçalves ... Percussion Teacher
Dominique Douret ... David

Tsuyu Shimizu ... David's Friend (as Tsuyu Bridwell)
Antoine Mathieu ... Restaurant Waiter
Constantin Barbulescu ... Mihai Popa
Domeke Meite ... Demba

Aïssa Maïga ... Black Girl with Blonde Hair
Marany Fofana ... Youssouf's Sister
Costel Cascaval ... Man in the Garden
Sandu Mihai Gruia ... Group Leader
Daniel Dublet ... Uncle
Boris Napes ... Father in Cemetery
Isabelle Pietra ... Mother in Cemetery
Cristina Ioanidis ... Tatiana
Ion Haiduc ... Man in Squat
Guillaume Morvilliers ... Pierrot
Pascal Loison ... Jolly Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jeff Cullen ... Character portrayal (uncredited)

Michael Haneke ... Unseen Director of Anne's Film (voice) (uncredited)
Irina Lubtchansky ... Camera Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Haneke 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Haneke 

Produced by
Yvon Crenn .... executive producer
Christoph Holch .... co-producer: ZDF
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Thilo Kleine .... co-producer: Bavaria Film
Titi Popescu .... co-producer: Filmex
Alain Sarde .... producer
Michael Weber .... co-producer: Bavaria Film
 
Original Music by
Giba Gonçalves 
 
Cinematography by
Jürgen Jürges 
 
Film Editing by
Karin Hartusch 
Nadine Muse 
Andreas Prochaska 
 
Casting by
Kris Portier de Bellair 
 
Production Design by
Emmanuel de Chauvigny 
 
Set Decoration by
Laurence Vendroux 
 
Costume Design by
Françoise Clavel 
Gloria Papura 
 
Makeup Department
Isabelle Luzet .... key hair stylist
Thi-Loan Nguyen .... key makeup artist
Ion Toma .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Bruno Bernard .... unit production manager
David Crenn .... assistant unit manager
Diona Dragnea .... production manager: Romania (as Doina Dragnea)
Nathalie Kreuther .... executive in charge of production
Manuel Recolin .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melia Cerchez Anghel .... assistant director: Romania
Denis Imbert .... assistant director
Arnaud Mathey-Dreyfus .... assistant director
Virgil Nicolaescu .... second assistant director
Alain Olivieri .... first assistant director
Joseph Rapp .... assistant director
Dorel Torcatoru .... assistant director: Romania
Gaëlle Tronquit .... trainee assistant director
 
Art Department
Véronique Barnéoud .... first assistant art director
Gabriel Bucur .... assistant decorator: Romania
Bernard Chenevier .... construction manager
Yann Dury .... carpenter
Corinne Martin .... painter
Calin Papura .... set decorator: Romania
Thomas Pitre .... property master
Olivier Prost .... assistant decorator
Jean-Luc Schwarz .... key painter
Vlad Teodor .... assistant decorator: Romania
Annie Tourriol .... assistant decorator
Ion Vasilescu .... assistant decorator: Romania
Laurence Vendroux .... construction manager
Wouter Zoon .... property master
 
Sound Department
Franck Cartaut .... fragment sound assistant
Edouard d'Heucqueville .... sound mix technician
Dominique Eyraud .... boom operator
Eric Ferret .... sound mixer
Judith Guittier .... assistant foley artist
Jean-Pierre Laforce .... sound mixer
Lionel Lebras .... boom operator: post-synchronisation
Laurent Lévy .... sound effects editor
Nadine Muse .... sound editor
Guillaume Sciama .... sound engineer
 
Special Effects by
Séverine De Wever .... production coordinator
Pierre Foury .... special effects
Daniel Lenoir .... special effects
Benoît Squizzato .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Olivier Poujaud .... digital compositor
Antoine Simkine .... visual effects executive producer: Duboi
Daniel Trujillo .... digital artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
André Atellian .... key grip (as Andre Attelian)
Sandel Bacalu .... gaffer: Romania
Frédéric Batier .... second assistant camera
Benoît Bayle .... grip
Marion Befve .... second assistant camera
Guy Bordet .... electrician
Carlos Cabeceran .... Steadicam operator
Olivier Cazzitti .... gaffer
Marian Ene .... grip: Romania
Renaud Fidon .... grip
Nicolae Geoana .... electrician: Romania
Jim Howe .... gaffer
Jean-Bernard Josko .... grip
Irina Lubtchansky .... first assistant camera
Jérémie Nassif .... still photographer
George Nicolae .... electrician: Romania
Florin Niculae .... electrician: Romania (as Florin Nicolae)
Gérard Rival .... grip
Marian Sandor .... second assistant camera: Romania
Joel Spinola .... electrician (as Joël Spinola)
 
Casting Department
Carmen Brezeanu .... extras casting: Romania
Melia Cerchez .... casting: Romania
Claire-Marie Cuvilly-Givert .... extras casting
Evy Figliolini .... extras casting
Valérie Flan .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Adina Bucur .... costume assistant: Romania
Germaine Ribel .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Yannick Coutheron .... assistant editor
Pierre Réali .... color timer
 
Other crew
Razvan Constantinescu .... general administrator: Romania
Aline Corneille .... production secretary
Mariana Costea .... production assistant: Romania
Eric Dupressoir .... groupman
Greg Engler .... location consultant: pre-production
Mathilde Incerti .... press attache
Nathalie Kreuther .... production assistant
Lina Martins .... assistant: Juliette Binoche
Chloé Perlemuter .... script supervisor
Gisèle Vuillaume .... production administrator
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Code inconnu: Récit incomplet de divers voyages" - France (original title)
"Code Unknown: Incomplete Tales of Several Journeys" - International (English title)
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Runtime:
France:118 min | Netherlands:117 min
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Trivia:
Director Trademark(Michael Haneke): [Use of extremely long static takes ending with abrupt cuts to black between scenes]: All of major scenes follow this technique.See more »
Quotes:
Anne Laurent:Look over by the wall. That's the black kid who harassed Jean. Don't let him see...
[abrupt cut]
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Referenced in Femme Fatale (2002)See more »

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49 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
Pure Art-house with No Apology, 15 April 2005
Author: SingleSimonSays from France

"Code Inconnu" is an utterly original, even revolutionary piece from the Austrian director who continually refuses to compromise and pander to an audience.

Many of the reviews on this site focus on the coherence of the film and suggest that the film lacks meaning or narrative, or even that the film is a failure because it is not easily comprehended. This is untrue and deeply unfair.

"Code Inconnu" is not an immediate film. Indeed it may take several viewings to really come to grips with the meaning of the film - certainly there is not a single definitive meaning. For many film viewers when the basic linear narrative is remote. Again this adds to the view that the meaning of this obscured film is pointless. However this is more a reflection of the viewer and of audience expectation than of this film.

In a series of free standing vignettes Haneke has fashioned a moral conundrum without an answer. Much like in life itself. But rather than searching for meaning or answers Haneke is daring us to confront the questions themselves. The themes here are obviously about racism and reality, but also conscience and the consequence of our actions. By linking his separate characters initially Haneke points out that we are tenuously linked to people by uncontrollable events. By setting his film in Parisian streets, Hanekes film becomes recognizable of all our lives.

The central performance from Binoche is equally ambiguous, again this adds to the strength of the piece, but also the difficulty inherent in it.

The best way to view this film is as a series of questions which have no easy answer. The code is indeed unknown. By viewing each episode as a single moral conundrum the film takes on a very interesting and worthwhile dimension.

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